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Moussa, El-Baz meet with Israeli envoy on Wye government
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa discussed on Sunday with the political advisor of the Israeli government, Uzi Arad, the steps taken by Israel to carry out the Wye River agreement concerning the second phase of redeployment from the West Bank after the Israeli Cabinet ratified the memorandum of understanding signed during October in Washington.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 11/16/1998
Kuwait increases readiness of its armed forces
The Kuwaiti army increased the readiness of its armed forces, as Kuwait expects the arrival of US air and land forces in its lands at any time.
Kuwait-Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/16/1998
Arafat asks Israelis to accept the idea of an independent Palestine
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat called on the Israeli people to accept the independent state of Palestine as a peace bridge.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 11/16/1998
Arab contributions to music science
The ethnic blending that occurred during the Umayyad and Abbasid eras brought the music of Arabia into close contact with the musical traditions of other nations.
Regional, Culture, 11/16/1998
Egyptian opposition parties threaten to strike American interests
Egyptian opposition forces and parties directed a strongly-worded communique to the US government, in which they equated Iraqi security with the security of American interests.
Egypt-Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/16/1998
UAE President calls for Arab summit, as Gulf states approve of Iraqi response
Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council member states considered Iraq's reply to the call of the UN Security Council, permitting UN inspectors to resume their work in Iraq, as enough to defuse the crisis with the UN.
United Arab Emirates-Iraq, Politics, 11/16/1998
Mubarak discusses Middle East peace with European envoy
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday received Austrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel, whose country is currently presiding over the rotating presidency of the European Union. Their discussions dealt with the peace process, the situation in the Middle East in light of Schussel's tour on the region as well as developments in the current Iraqi crisis with the UN.
Egypt-Regional-European Union, Politics, 11/16/1998
Syria celebrates 28th anniversary of Correctionist Movement
Syria today celebrates the 28th anniversary of the Correctionist Movement, which marks President al-Assad's accession to presidency.
Syria, Politics, 11/16/1998
Russian defense minister in Cairo
In a new step towards improving Egyptian - Russian relations, Russian Defense Minister Marshal Igor Segiev arrived in Cairo on Sunday night from Damascus to hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Lt. Gen. Hussein Tantawi, on means of strengthening "military cooperation between Egypt and Federal Russia."
Egypt-Russia, Politics, 11/16/1998
Moroccan-Portuguese high level meeting
Morocco and Portugal opened Friday in Lisbon their 4th high-level meeting to give a new momentum to partnership between the two countries in the economic, agricultural, industrial, scientific and cultural fields.
Morocco, Politics, 11/16/1998
British official in Gulf to seek aproval for any coming strike against Iraq
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derrick Fatchett will arrive tomorrow in Oman a brief visit, during which he will meet with Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
Iraq-Gulf-UK, Politics, 11/16/1998
Turkey: military agreements with Israel undermine Arab- Turkish relations
The Turkish Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Ismat Sezgin has admitted that the military agreements Turkey signed with Israel have actually damaged Arab-Turkish relations.
Regional-Syria, Politics, 11/16/1998
Turkey: Alliance with Israel not directed against Syria
Turkish Deputy Premier Polent Ajawid has denied that the Turkish-Israeli alliance is directed against Syria to pressure her to accept "Israeli conditions in the peace talks."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 11/16/1998
Morocco and Austria to fight drug trafficking and organized crime
Morocco and Austria signed Friday here an accord destined to enhance cooperation between the two countries interior departments in the struggle against drug trafficking and organized crime.
Morocco, Politics, 11/16/1998
Islamic countries set up council in charge of promoting Islamic culture
Culture ministers of Islamic countries decided Friday in Rabat to set up a consultative council in charge of implementing a unified Islamic culture in the whole Muslim world.
Regional, Religion, 11/16/1998
Algerian university professors to hold peaceful demonstration
The national assembly of university professors in Algeria decided yesterday to carry out a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday.
Algeria, Economics, 11/16/1998
Ocalan to leave Moscow
The French daily Le Monde said on Sunday that Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has informed his Turkish counterpart of the date of Kurdish Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan's departure from Moscow.
Turkey-Russia, Politics, 11/16/1998
Report: Israel developing biological weapons targeting Arabs
Israel has abstained from commenting on reports leaked to Western media that it had developed "ethnic" biological weapons which target Arabs and exclude Jews, a British daily reported.
Regional-Israel, Military, 11/16/1998
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President Hafez al-Assad on Sunday at Damascus al-Shaab palace received Russian Defense Minister Marshal Igor Sergiev and members of his accompanying delegation.
An Egyptian businessmen's delegation under the chairmanship of Said El-Taweel, the leader of the Egyptian Businessmen's Association, is heading today to Turkey. The Turkish - Egyptian businessmen's council will convene during the visit to discuss projects proposed between the two sides and methods of developing commercial exchange between the two countries, El-Taweel said.
Anthony Layden will replace William Fullerton in March 1999 as the United Kingdom's ambassador to Morocco.
A new hospital was opened in Nizwa, Oman yesterday, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh traveled yesterday to the United States to meet with King Hussein, Jordan Times reported.
India's prime minister said that progress is being made in reaching an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Egyptian nationals Hani and Hisham Fadi were executed in Jordan for a June 1997 double murder in Amman, Jordan Times reported.
The Sudanese government has accused southern Sudanese rebels of killing 34 businessmen from the north last week in the "Upper Nile" province, 430 km south of Khartoum. The Sudanese daily Alwan quoted an official in the province as saying it "is the worst carnage since 1983."
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will arrive in Tehran today leading a high-ranking Lebanese delegation on a three-day official visit to Iran. During his visit, Hariri will discuss with Iranian officials means of developing bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday received a communique from the leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khaminei.
The establishment of a new political movement under the name "The Algerian National Front" was announced in Algiers on Sunday, under the chairmanship of Mousa Tawwani, who is the national coordination official for martyrs children. The new movement is to be a people's national organization comprising all people who are supportive of the front's program to proceed with national development and deepen democratic practices.
Saudi Minister of Trade Osama Jaafar Faqeh on Sunday in Riyadh met with the Finnish minister of trade and industry and members of the accompanying delegation.
Spokesman for the Palestinian Hamas movement, Ibrahim Ghousheh, denied that the movement has reached a temporary truce with Israel. In a statement to reporters in Amman on Sunday, Ghousheh said that certain media reports on this issue are "groundless."
The office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Damascus on Sunday stressed that Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam met on Saturday and Sunday with group's leader, Jalal Talibani. The office was quoted as saying that talks dealt with the situation in the region in light of the crisis between Iraq and the UN. Talibani, who arrived in Damascus on Wednesday in a visit aimed at strengthening old ties linking him to Syrian officials, also met with the Baath Party's assistant secretary general, Abdullah al-Ahmar. Talibani's last visit to Syria took place in 1996.